ver·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌver-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of verification

: the act or process of verifying : the state of being verified

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Der Spiegel said Thursday that while the magazine thoroughly fact checks its stories, contacting sources for verification isn’t part of its standard procedure. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Journalist at Center of False-Reporting Scandal Faces New Allegations Over Donation Requests," 23 Dec. 2018 Along the way, Twitter said very little about the criteria for verification. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Instagram’s verification system is useful, fair, and Twitter should copy it," 29 Aug. 2018 Distrust on both sides has led the Americans to insist on rapid, deep dismantlement and highly intrusive verification; the North Koreans want an early lifting of sanctions and a formal end to the Korean War, among other steps. New York Times, "North Korea Criticizes ‘Gangster-Like’ U.S. Attitude After Talks With Mike Pompeo," 7 July 2018 Despite this concern about the invasiveness of verification, there is a growing consensus that the BWC must become more effective. R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018 So yes, take advantage of third-party verification wherever possible. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Instagram now supports third-party authentication apps on Android," 9 Oct. 2018 Supporters say that would be a sound move as no new negotiations to make further cuts are currently under way and keeping the New START treaty would allow inspections and other forms of verification to continue. WSJ, "What Trump and Putin Will Discuss," 15 July 2018 Because some of the mail-in ballots don’t arrive until very close to Election Day, this verification process can take place afterward and make tabulating the votes take significantly longer. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The races that still haven’t been called in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 However, supporters point toward reforms taken by the Obama-era commission that eventually led to a $50 million national verification system that went live this year. Ryan Barwick, Ars Technica, "Millions could lose cheap phone service under FCC’s overhaul of Lifeline," 4 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of verification

1523, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for verification

borrowed from Medieval Latin vērificātiōn-, vērificātiō, from vērificāre "to verify" + Latin -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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ver·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌver-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Kids Definition of verification

: the act or process of confirming or checking the accuracy of : the state of being confirmed or having the accuracy of checked


ver·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌver-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Legal Definition of verification

1 : an act or process of verifying
2 : a sworn statement of truth or correctness submitted a verification signed by the defendant with the petition

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